Thanksgiving is a time during the school year when BJA students focus on giving to others. Each school collects different goods using a variety of formats.
High School Paper Drive
The high school students collected paper goods as part of a four team competition over the course of one week. The paper goods were then sent to Miracle Hill Shepherd’s Gate, a ministry for women. Students generously donated the following:
- 38,590 napkins
- 962 rolls of toilet paper
- 432 rolls of paper towels
- 563 boxes of tissues
To determine which team contributed the most, each of these numbers was multiplied by an average cost per item. This gave each team a $ total for their collection, which was used to determine the gold team win. The total (approximate) value of the paper drive was $1882.04.
Elementary Food Collection
The elementary school collected a total of 2,275 items for their food drive this year! The food will be sent to local ministries and to needy individuals. The break down is as follows:
- K3—mini-marshmallows: 50
- K4—mac ’n’ cheese: 177
- K5—stuffing mix: 118
- 1st—corn: 154
- 2nd—sweet taters: 205
- 3rd—corn muffin mix: 313
- 4th—cranberry sauce: 323
- 5th—green beans: 565
- 6th—pumpkin: 370
Middle School Miracle Hill Week
The biggest collection came from the middle school. For a week the seventh and eighth graders participated in their annual collection for Miracle Hill Children’s Home. The goal of the collection is to stock the pantry at Miracle Hill with a variety of items, especially those the Miracle Hill house parents request.
Homeroom competition throughout the week helps to motivate the students. Students earn points for their homerooms by bringing in specific items to meet goals in seven categories: beverages, canned fruits/vegetables, cleaners/toiletries, paper/plastic products, dry goods, canned meats/sauces, and condiments. The students sort and box the items, weigh the boxes, and then load them on a truck trailer provided by Miracle Hill.
According to records in the school office, the middle school has been partnering with Miracle Hill Children’s Home since 1988. In this, our 31st year of collecting, BJA topped 500,000 pounds of grocery products donated to Miracle Hill. The final tally for the 2018 collection was 16,609 pounds, which brought our 31-year total to 500,987 pounds. Two homerooms distinguished themselves from their peers, and for their efforts, both classes will travel to Miracle Hill to see firsthand how the children’s home uses what BJA collects and to provide additional help with another Miracle Hill project.